One Guitar, One Week, One Song
When Vancouver artist Lydia Hol attended the International Folk Alliance Conference this past February, she thought she was there to showcase her music to her contemporaries, but fate had something else in store for the songstress and raconteur. A conversation sparked between herself and fellow conference attendee Dave Adams, the brainchild of The Acoustic Guitar Project. Before she knew it, she found herself organizing the Vancouver edition of a worldwide project, spanning from LA to Copenhagen, Bogota to Moscow, and many cities between. One Guitar, One Week, One Song, and then to sum it all up, One Big Show!
The premise of The Acoustic Guitar Project is simple. The guitar arrives at the artists door, and the artist has one week to write and record a song on it, using only the equipment provided, and no editing allowed! When the musician is finished, they sign the guitar and pass it on to the next musician, and once it’s been through a selection of musicians, a concert is thrown to showcase all the new songs.
The Vancouver edition of The Acoustic Guitar Project culminates on September 10th, 2014 at the WISE Hall in East Vancouver, featuring the ten musicians and the ten songs they wrote while in possession of the guitar, as well as a few of their own originals. Proceeds from the show go to benefit Music Heals, a local charity supporting music therapy awareness and funding.
Vancouver is the 18th city to participate and one of three Canadian cities who are currently in the project, the others being Calgary and Ottawa. The project is receiving national acclaim, as it’s not just about writing new songs, but in the spirit of collaboration, inspiration, and uniting songwriters the world over in a common thread. The songs presented are raw and naked, telling their artist’s stories from a truthful and meaningful point of view. And like any song being written, there’s no way to know where this project will go; that’s for the music to decide. So sit back, listen, and enjoy the journey.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2014
The Wise Hall, 1882 Adanac, Vancouver BC
Doors 8:00pm | Show 9:00pm
Tickets $12 advance at NorthernTickets.com, or in person at Zulu, Red Cat Records
$15 at the door | 19+
The Vancouver project began on June 6th, 2014, with a Martin DM guitar donated by Kai Martin. The ten local musicians involved in the project are:
Jasper Sloan Yip
Daniel McBurnie (Good for Grapes)
Melissa Bandura (Familiar Wild)
Adrian Glynn (The Fugitives)
Neil Hammond (Cleia, Thereafter)